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Family in desperate need of Christmas miracle

Organized by: Ronnie Kauffman

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THE STORY:

My family was just served an eviction for being late with rent, twice recently. The first occurred in October. We had an unexpected emergency expense. We are late again this month. The late fees are $660. We will be evicted if we don't pay that with $1450 rent. I'm here asking for help because we have 2 daughters, 11 & 9 and an eviction would immediately make us homeless. Our only option is a shelter. I'm sick thinking about how traumatic and disruptive it would be for them. We've already had a rough year. My mother died quickly after lung cancer diagnosis. She lived with us. I've taken care of her for 10 years because she was a double amputee partially paralysed and in a wheelchair. She was very ill. At the same time I was staying with my mom in the hospital while she was getting chemotherapy and going to radiation appointments and nursing home my sister was also very ill. That's a story in itself, but she almost died from her battle with a rare brain disorder, Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis. The book Brain on Fire is very similar. My mother died September 7th, only 2 weeks after definitive cancer diagnosis, one week after chemotherapy. It was devastating to see how quickly cancer devastated her body. And our lives. We are still fighting to recover but 2015 has" been difficult. We rented this house with my mother. When she died, we were 100% responsible for rent. We've turned to pay day loans and we can't get out of that cycle. It's an expensive cycle. It's often a choice between food or a bill. We feed our kids. Our only vehicle is an old expensive beast that must be slaughtered. My husband works 2 jobs. His 2nd job is almost full-time. He's a manager at his main company and usually works 4 or 5 am and works the 2nd job usually 4pm-11pm. Our children barely see him. He gets 2-3 hours of sleep a night. These are retail companies and his main job doesn't have a set schedule. He just got that 2nd job last month. I thought that would help but it's taking longer than expected. We don't have money for moving or storage costs. We cannot buy Christmas gifts for anyone including our girls. I'm asking for that amount because it would pay rent, late fees, eliminate the loans and find more affordable housing. We can't go on like this anymore. Please help us avoid eviction. It would be life-changing. Sincerely, Ronnie

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